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Marta Gutman
Position: Professor
Campus Affiliation: City College of New York
Degrees/Diplomas: M.Arch, PhD University of California, Berkeley, 2000; Columbia University, 1981; Licensed architect, New York State no. 020384 (1989)
Research Interests: American Architecture and Urbanism

Professor Gutman seeks to discover how in different historical circumstances Americans have harnessed opportunities in the built environment to make better lives for themselves and their fellow citizens—especially women for children and children for themselves. In her writing and teaching, she examines ordinary buildings and neighborhoods, the history of cities, and issues of gender, class, race, and childhood as they play out in everyday spaces and social life of cities. Her current research focus is public architecture for city children.  Like all of Gutman’s work, her recent book A City for Children: Women, Architecture, and the Charitable Landscapes of Oakland, 1850-1950 (University of Chicago Press, 2014) promises to inform current public policy debates, not just about Oakland, but also, by extension cities more generally. Times Higher Ed named A City for Children a book of the year, calling it “a monumental achievement.”  Her new book project, “Just Space: Architecture, Education, and Inequality in Postwar Urban America,” is in contract with the University of Texas Press. Prof. Gutman also co-edited Buildings & Landscapes for the Vernacular Architecture Forum from 2009 to 2015. 

Prof. Gutman is a Distinguished CUNY Research Fellow, with a research fellowship at the Graduate Center’s Advanced Research Collaborative in Fall 2018. Her research has been also supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Danish Humanities Council, and other organizations. 

Book prizes for A City for Children:
Spiro Kostof Book Award, Society of Architectural Historians, 2017.

Kenneth Jackson Award for Best Book (North American), Urban History Association, 2015.

The Historic Preservation Book Prize, from the University of Mary Washington Historic Preservation Program (2015)

The Malott Prize for Recording Community Activism, from the Langum Charitable Trust (2013-15)

Faculty Achievement and Distinguished Service Award, 2015 from CCNY Architecture Alumni Group of the Spitzer School of Architecture

Provost’s Outstanding Teaching Award, 2013-14, City College of the City University of New York, nominated by students at the Spitzer School of Architecture and colleagues at City College.

President’s Award for Outstanding Faculty Service, City College of the City University of New York, 2012-13, nominated by colleagues.


Gutman, Marta; Clark, Marci M. “The Spaces of Childhood.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Childhood Studies. Ed. Heather Montgomery. New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming.
“I.S. 201: Race, Space, and Modern Architecture in Harlem,” in Educating Harlem: Schools and the Referendum on the American Dream, ed. Ansley Erickson and Ernest Morrell. New York: Columbia University Press, forthcoming.

A City for Children: Women, Architecture, and the Charitable Landscapes of Oakland, 1850-1950. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2014. 

Designing Modern Childhoods: History, Space, and the Material Culture of Children, Ning de Coninck-Smith, co-editor. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2008.

Response to Justin Binder’s ongoing Vacated project for Design and Violence, edited by Paola Antonelli and Jamer hunt (MomA, 2013 +),

“Teaching Marshall/Marshall Teaching: Encounters with Berman,” Urban Research 5: Marshall Berman, ed, Jennifer Corby and Michael Sorkin, 2016.

“Cold Water,” in The Arsenal of Exclusion / Inclusion, ed. Interboro Partners. Barcelona & New York: Actar, 2017.

“The Physical Spaces of Childhood,” chapter 13 in The Routledge History of Childhood in the West, ed. Paula S. Fass, 249-66. New York: Routledge, 2012.

“Modern Housing: A California Story,” dialogue nine in Architecture from the Outside In, ed. John Wriedt and Dana Cuff, 251-55. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2010.

“Race, Place, and Play: Robert Moses and the WPA Swimming Pools in New York City,” Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 67, no. 4 (December 2008): 532-61.

 “Open-Air Schools in the United States in the Progressive Era,” invited contribution to Histoire de l’éducation 102 (May 2004 special issue): 157-80, Anne-Marie Châtelet, M. Lecouer, guest editors

“Adopted Homes for Yesterday’s Children: Intention and Experience in an Oakland Orphanage,” Pacific Historical Review 73 no. 4 (November 2004): 581-618.